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Learn to Quilt


with Susan Covey

Calendar Jan 24, 2020 at 10:30 am

Friday, January 24, 2019
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Tuition: $40  

Have you always thought you’d love to learn to quilt but weren’t sure how to begin? This is your chance to learn the basics of quilting from an expert, Susan Covey, who owns Cabin Quilting, quilt shop in Cook, MN, that people rave about. Susan will begin with a demonstration of the essential first steps and an introduction into terminology that will help you get started in the quilting world. During the class you will make a table runner and, if time permits, a microwave cozy. This is also an excellent opportunity to expand your skills if you've dabbled a little but haven't had much experience.

There are sewing machines available, but it is preferable if you bring your own machine, since you are familiar with it and will be using it for future projects. You will need to bring ⅓ yard of a focus fabric and ½ yard of a coordinating fabric with matching thread. You’re welcome to bring any favorite scissors, pines, and other tools to class, but these are also available at the school.

There will be a 45-minute lunch break, so please bring a lunch or be prepared to order takeout from a local restaurant.

About the instructor: Susan Covey has owned and operated Cabin Quilting in Cook, MN for eight years. She was originally from southern Minnesota, where she had a long arm quilting business. She has been been quilting for 27 years and long arm quilting professionally for as long. She currently teaches at Northwoods Friends of the Arts (NWFA) in Cook, MN. Her classes include purses, bags, wallets, rugs, table runners, quilts, applique, and more.



Intro to Hand Stitching Leather


with Matthew Fedders

Calendar Feb 8, 2020 at 9 am

Saturday, February 8, 2020
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuition: $30  Materials: $45

This class is an introduction into the world of leather hand sewing, Students will learn the basics of preparing the leather for sewing, using the correct tools, and how to make several different stitches, essential skills for making leather projects. At the end of the class participants will have the opportunity to make a pull string bag to take home.

About the instructor: Matthew Fedders has been working in leather as a full time craftsman for seven years and teaching others for the last five. He has worked with experienced craftsmen learning the traditional ways of making leather products. He works at the Lobo leather store in Ely, his family’s business.

Sewing with Beaver Hides


with Bert Hyde & Mark Olson

Calendar Feb 8, 2020 at 9 am

Choice of Project: Hat or mittens
Saturday, February 8, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuition: $80 Materials: $100

This class is limited to a maximum of 10 people.

Ely folks know there is no bad weather, only bad clothing. Beaver hats and mittens are just the answer for those deep wind chills, which Bert and Mark can attest to. You choose whether to make a hat or mittens and will learn how to measure, cut and sew pattern pieces from beaver hide. You will receive instructions for adding the liner, where needed, at home using glue and hand stitching. Students should bring the material of their choice for the liner.

About the instructors: Bert Hyde and Mark Olson are experienced woodsmen, do-it-yourselfers and folk school instructors who get a kick out of showing other people how to do cool things.

Full Course

Create a Coat - Choose your style


with Betty Firth & Heidi Breaker

Calendar Feb 10, 2020 at 12 pm

This is a 2-Day Class
Monday, February 10, 2020    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, February 11, 2020   12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $100  Materials: $5

Wrap yourself in tradition with a beautiful blanket coat or choose to make a different style. Woodsmen and Native Americans alike favored blanket coats or capotes as practical, warm, comfortable, and easy-to-make.

Learn how to design a coat custom-fit for you without even using a pattern! You will learn how to measure, cut, construct, and hand-sew your coat. Decorative stitches used for constructing the pieces and embellishing the final garment will be introduced. You don’t need to have any experience, really! Come, learn, have some fun, and walk away with a coat, ready to wear or ready to finish at home.

Students will need to bring a new or used full size (double) blanket, 80” x 90” or larger or an equivalent measure of wool fabric. Other types of fabric can be used, but will hang differently.

About the instructors: Betty Firth and Heidi Breaker both have a long history of doing a lot of different things, and making a unique coat that suited their style is one of those things. They decided it would be fun to teach others how to do it, so come help them have some fun.

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